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5 Financial Planning Tips for Newlyweds

Wedding season is in full bloom, which means a fresh crop of newlyweds will be spending the summer adjusting to married life. When the honeymoon’s over and you come back down to earth, the first order of business is to get your finances in line. Even if you had all your ducks in a row when you were single, sharing a household with your spouse requires discussion, planning and changes – sometimes a lot of changes – to your financial portfolio. Not sure where to start? Here are five financial planning tips for newlyweds that will make your transition to married life a piece of (wedding) cake. Lay All Your Cards on the Table Get the ball rolling by presenting your financial documents to each other. First, tally up all your assets. These might include your savings, checking and retirement accounts as well as any real estate holdings or collectibles.…

Wedding Planning for Less

Wedding season is upon us, along with the endless list of expenses that most weddings entail. But before you let financial stress put a damper on your big day, remember that you can still have a dream wedding for a fraction of what most weddings cost. These eight pointers will help you and your family avoid excess spending without compromising on quality. Pick Your Date Strategically Most people get married in the summertime so that friends and relatives with children can attend. But if you book your wedding during the off-season – i.e., November through March – you can save a considerable amount of money. Here’s another tip: Consider a Friday or a Sunday for the wedding, as opposed to a Saturday. The majority of weddings happen on Saturdays, which makes them more expensive. Trim the Guest List It may sound like a cop-out, but the fewer people you invite, the…

Springtime – Love (and Life Insurance) is in the Air

springtimeThere is something about springtime that brings us a sense of renewal and rebirth. As the leaves begin to flourish on our trees and the sun shines a little longer each day, life seems a bit more peaceful. For most of us, Spring is the time we can finally roll down the windows in our cars and open up the sliding glass doors in our homes to let the fresh air in, leading us to feel revived and closer to nature. We have more hours of daylight and this increase in Vitamin D adds greatly to the mind and body. Spring is also the season in which many couples choose to wed. The sense of renewal and rebirth lies parallel with many couples’ desire to start a new chapter in their lives. So what better time than Spring to tie the knot?